so, roddick is wearing glasses?

Andy maintains he does not wear glasses except for reading. He says he does not have contacts.

I realize he's looking off in the distance there, but this is an old photo, which he has been asked about. And that was his response.
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
I bet that there is a big percentage of players who wear contacts..more than half of Americans for example wear corrective lenses of some sort, and the biggest group of contact weareres is 24-35 (ask.com) .All we can do is wait for a lens to fall out and have a time-out while player X crawls around the court looking for it. How could Felix Mantilla ever have those turqoise eyes without them? And there are a number of players who should be wearing contacts if they're not IMO.
 

python

Semi-Pro
I'd be surprised if Roddick really needed contacts at his level of play. Part of being a world class athlete (especially in a sport like tennis that depends on visual acuity) is being able to process information from one's eyes faster than the average joe. Arnaud Clement is a notable exception to the rule, but he's not exactly in Roddick's class.
 

python

Semi-Pro
edge said:
Greg Maddux wears glasses.
There will be exceptions to every rule. Of course, a MLB pitcher doesn't need the same vision an ATP player does. No matter many fruitless at-bats Maddux attempts per baseball game, if he even bats - it's still nothing like the serves an ATP player sees at least 4x per tennis game.
 

tennis_dude

New User
That may be so,,,but would you face 98 mph without your glasses. Alos all the serves speeds are a bunch of hype, they measure the speed when it leaves the racquet. After it hits the ground and approaches the receiver there is NO WAY the serve is moving 148 mph, more like 119mph anyways.
 

python

Semi-Pro
tennis_dude said:
That may be so,,,but would you face 98 mph without your glasses. Alos all the serves speeds are a bunch of hype, they measure the speed when it leaves the racquet. After it hits the ground and approaches the receiver there is NO WAY the serve is moving 148 mph, more like 119mph anyways.
No, you definitely need to be able to see to bat. Just like you need your vision to hit a golf ball or to catch an American football.

My point is that ATP players are 'at bat' a magnitude of times more frequently than baseball players over the course of a match, especially considering that pitchers don't even have to bat if they play for the right team. I don't think Maddux needs as good vision as Andy Roddick does. I believe that's a fair statement.
 

Gemini

Hall of Fame
Actually..if no one's mentioned this, Maddux has had vision correction surgery in the last couple of years so...no more glasses/contacts. Also, Brian Vahaly has had it done as well.

I'm actually on the verge having it done by the same physician that has done Vahaly and Maddux.
 

david aames

Professional
Gemini said:
Actually..if no one's mentioned this, Maddux has had vision correction surgery in the last couple of years so...no more glasses/contacts. Also, Brian Vahaly has had it done as well.

I'm actually on the verge having it done by the same physician that has done Vahaly and Maddux.
Where are you located? Do you mind telling us who this is?
 

unkast

Rookie
"Goran Ivanisevic beat Nicolas Kiefer in a Davis Cup tie, despite having to change his contact lenses four times during the first set.
The Croatian beat the German 7-6, 6-3, 6-4. "
 

Matt H.

Professional
i think you sorta missed the point. Greg Maddux is known as one of, if not THE best control pitcher in major league baseball. So, a guy like that who wears glasses, and hits his spots better than anyone else, is saying something.
 

python

Semi-Pro
Matt H. said:
i think you sorta missed the point. Greg Maddux is known as one of, if not THE best control pitcher in major league baseball. So, a guy like that who wears glasses, and hits his spots better than anyone else, is saying something.
What's there to miss? Greg Maddux does not need the same degree of vision that an ATP Pro does to return to serve since his batting opportunities are far less frequent compared to how many times an ATP pro receives serve. That's a pretty solid contention, unless you'd care to argue the point?

I am surprised about Roddick since his need for corrective lenses seems to be true. It's odd that he only needs them to read but he can play fine without them, or is he wearing contact lenses after all?
 
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